AceShowbiz - Kate Winslet insists she doesn't overindulge her kids. A mother to Mia, 22, Bear, eight, and Joe, 18, the "Titanic" star admits she would never want her children to think having everything they could want in life is the norm.
"I don't want them ever, ever to think that travelling the world and wanting for nothing is normal. I used to be terrified that they would get spoilt but, actually, they are only spoilt if you spoil them - and I don't," she told OK! Magazine.
Kate and her eldest daughter, Mia, star alongside each other for the first time in the Channel 4 drama '"I Am Ruth", and the "Holiday" star had to ignore her motherly "instinct" on set. She said, "We are playing characters - these people aren't us and this isn't our story."
"But, for sure, one can't help but draw on personal experience here and there, whether that's your own stuff or something you've gone through with a friend or a family member. It was really staggering how alarmingly free Mia and I were able to be, which I hadn't imagined. My instinct to take care of her had to go away because I knew I had to let her be exposed and hurting, and struggling, and that was quite difficult."
The 47-year-old star admitted she never actually thought about Mia - whom she has with her first husband Jim Threapleton - taking on the role of her on-screen daughter in the episode of Dominic Savage's anthology series.
She recalled, "When Dominic and I started to creep towards this mother-daughter story, I didn't think about Mia playing Freya at all. I think because I wasn't sort of pushing for that or trying to manipulate that in any way, when Dominic said to me, 'Well, who should play Freya?' "
"I suddenly went, 'Oh my gosh, well Mia could definitely do it, but you'd have to meet her and you'd have to talk with her and see if you feel she could.' "
Kate previously revealed she "always suspected" her daughter would follow in her footsteps. She said, "Sure enough, a couple of years ago, she turned around and said, 'I think I would like to give it a go.' What's been really great for her is that she has a different surname so that initial job out of the gate [in 'Shadows'], she slipped right under the radar."